As the holiday season approaches, consumers are facing big decisions about their spending habits. With the uncertain economic outlook, they are weighing whether to splurge or save. To gain insight into holiday spending and consumer confidence, we spoke with Cait Lamberton, a Wharton marketing professor.
Meanwhile, culinary historian Sarah Lohman has been traveling across the United States to uncover rare foods that are at risk of extinction. In her new book, Endangered Eating, she highlights foods such as New Jersey cider apples, sweet Carolina African runner peanut, Buckeye chicken, Coachella Valley Dates, and Hawaiian heritage sugar cane. Lohman spoke with farmers, ranchers, scientists, and activists who are working to preserve these foods.
Finally, WHYY’s new podcast Art Outside is set to debut on Tuesday and will focus on Philadelphia’s public art scene. Hosted by Street Dept. blogger Conrad Benner, the series will showcase five street artists and explore their impact and motivation for creating outdoor art. The first episode will feature an artist known as “the Philadelphia Bansky,” who is taking on the Philadelphia Parking Authority with his art.